India have sealed the series 2-0 after winning against West Indies by 2 wickets in the 2nd ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, July 24.
India secures the series
The away time headed into the match on the back of a narrow escape in the opening clash. West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and opted to bat first. India managed to pick up a couple of wickets in quick succession that had helped them to bounce back in the game. This happened after Shai Hope scored his 21st ODI fifty.
He along with Shamarh Brooks kept West Indies on top despite Deepak Hooda breaking the opening-wicket partnership. Hooda dismissed opener Kyle Mayers on 39. Later, Axar Patel got the better of Shamarh Brooks. Shai Hope amassed an incredible century (115 runs off 135 balls) that helped West Indies set a 312-run target for India. Nicholas Pooran’s 74 off 77 also played a crucial role in taking Windies to a total of over 300-run mark.
Chasing a 312-run target, Shikhar Dhawan struggled with the bat this time around. Shubman Gill fell seven runs short of the half-century as he got dismissed by Kyle Mayers. Suryakumar Yadav also departed in quick succession which piled up pressure for the visitors. Alzarri Joseph dismissed Shreyas Iyer on his individual score of 63 to break the 99-run partnership between the latter and Samson for the fourth wicket.
Iyer and Samson came to the rescue act but couldn’t manage to stay at the crease. Samson had notched a brilliant half-century as well before he was dismissed by a run out. Axar Patel had kept India alive in the run chase. He finished the innings with a stupendous 64* and led the Men in Blue to an incredible victory.
West Indies are set to host India for the third and final ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday, July 27.